Adventurer and Blogger currently living her dream of a nomadic life on the road. Loves natural living, long hikes, beach days, old books, warm drinks, good food, striped socks, open windows, disney movies, road trips,...

Cute Town and Gorgeous Lake

Went to June Lake with my husband on our honeymoon in April at stayed at the historic Heidelberg Inn (highly recommended.) It was the off-season so almost everything was closed, but we enjoyed a rugged hike along the lake and some gorgeous walks around the town. I'd love to go back - I'm sure it's gorgeous in the autumn.

Favorite Campground in Southern CA

I've been going camping at El Capitan State beach for as long as I can remember. What started out as a simple camping trip when I was little kid turned into an annual family tradition. Clean bathrooms, well-maintained campgrounds, and easy access to the beach, tide pools, and biking trails. Perfect for tent camping with fantastic summer weather due to the glorious ocean breeze. (Note: many campsites are located by a train track so the crossing can be noisy at night.)

Get Outdoors!

This is an amazing way to get a little hike and a great outdoor workout in the heart of Culver City. Fantastic views, but often crowded.

Amazing Ruins!

Just recently ventured here with a group of friends and we were astounded by how incredible these ruins are and the amazing views of the Santa Ynez mountains. Easy parking and a short walk to an amazing destination. Knapp's Castle ruins are ideal for photographs and climbing and, even though the area is privately owned, it's open to the public. Definitely a hidden gem in Southern California!

Cascade Falls from Avalon Loop Area

I started my trek to Cascade Falls from the Avalon Parking Area. You can take the Ridge Trail (shorter) or the Morning Choice Trail (longer) and both trails will intersect with the Cascade Trail and take you to the waterfall. If you're looking for a longer trek (5+ miles) I'd highly recommend taking one of those trails up - there's diverse scenery and fascinating ruins along the way.

Spontaneous Hike

A lazy Sunday afternoon lead to us going to Chimney Rock for a spontaneous evening hike and I'm so glad we did! We hiked the Hickory Nut Falls Trail first and it was an easy 1.5 mile trek to see the spot where the ending of Last of the Mohicans was filmed. After leaving the Falls, we headed up to Chimney Rock and got to see the Subway and Gneiss Cave on our way. Lots of stairs but the view is well-worth the climb!

Breathtaking at Sunset

My husband and I took trip to Cannon Beach during one of our evenings in Oregon and we are so glad we did! Sunset at Haystack Rock is breathtaking and it was so quiet - not many people where out so it felt like we had the entire beach to ourselves. Such a stunning location and I just wish we could have had more time to explore!

Beautiful, but Touristy

Multnomah Falls is a classic destination for Oregonian Adventures, but with paved trails and handrails and crowds of people taking selfies, it's a bit too touristy to be a favorite hike for me. The views of the Falls are incredible, though, and I look forward to going back and exploring other less busy trails in the Columbia River Gorge.

Worth Finding!

This hike is difficult to find, but once you find it, it's worth the effort! Easy, flat hike with tunnels, trestles, and train tracks. It was so quiet when I went (only saw one other person on the trail) and it felt so removed, private, and hidden. It's not often I can go on a hike that feels so untouched. There are a few spots where footing can be tricky (since the tracks are so overgrown) but the entire hike is absolutely gorgeous.